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Artist - Colin Ross Jack

Art has been a passion for all my life, and continues to be so. I have used most mediums. Having painted exclusively in pastel for about 12 years, I now paint in oils, which I make myself in the traditional manner. I enjoy the ability to create thousands of colours and tones from a few tubes of paint – many of my oils are painted using nothing but prussian blue and burnt umber with white, with a few touches of local colour.

I paint mainly seascapes and scenes of my native Fife, but have been inspired to paint various ‘series’ of pictures, such as costumed figures from Venice carnival and geishas from Japan. I complete 50 to 80 pictures a year. I hold an annual solo exhibition at the Arts Festival in Pittenweem [near my home town in Scotland] every August, begun in 1982 and now one of the main events of the Scottish art calendar. I also exhibit occasionally elsewhere, and have a website of my original works on www.colinrossjack.co.uk.

As well as in England and Scotland, several of my pictures are now in private collections in France, Germany, Australia and America, including two belonging to Michael Steele, once bassist of the ‘Bangles’! I regularly do demonstrations/workshops to Art Societies  both freelance and through Artprofile.

 

I was born and brought up in Anstruther, a fishing village in the 'East Neuk' of Fife in Scotland. Though returning often to my homeland, I lived in the North West of England since 1970, and now live in worcester.  I am married to Rosemary, with son Alan, daughter Hayley and 4 Granddaughters Lucy, Catherine, Amy and Holly!

I was educated at Waid Academy, Anstruther, Fife, and took an Honours degree in Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh. I entered the teaching profession, and taught Science, mainly Physics, for all my working life. I am now retired.

Having opted to teach instead of becoming a professional astronomer, I maintain a deep interest in Astronomy. I taught Astronomy in adult education for many years, have built telescopes, observed and photographed the night sky, and now have a small observatory in the back garden.

I wrote poetry for some years, got published and won some competitions, but the muse has now deserted me. ‘Month’, a novel I wrote some years back, is now available for Kindle on Amazon.

I am passionate about cricket, despite being Scottish, and play guitar, despite being deaf.

  • Colin Ross Jack, Jan 2014.

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  1. Catriona MacEachen avatar
    Catriona MacEachen Aug 14, 2011

    Hi Colin,
    Just to say it was really lovely to meet you today!
    I’m so glad I had the opportunity to see your work… I loved it - fantastic! I feel really inspired to try some sunsets using oils now… I can but try (although I might leave it a while till I experiment with pigment and linseed oil…! - Not brave enough!)
    All the best!
    Catriona

  2. colin ross jack avatar
    colin ross jack Aug 15, 2011

    hi catriona

    it was nice to meet u too! ty for u kind words. i have been looking at ur site too, and love ur sizzling sunsets! also u can do portraits, which i can’t!

    that is great that u r going to try makingoils, please consut me for help!

    r u on facebook or msn? i like talking to people and staying in touch, esp as on those things i am not deaf..

    eileen says u may be thinking of exhibiting at the church wher ei am using the garage. that would b good to have another artist there, it would help us both. it is a ibt far form the centre, compared to where u r now, but still worth looking into.

    hope we can keep in touch now!

    colin x

  3. Catriona MacEachen avatar
    Catriona MacEachen Sep 13, 2011

    Hi Colin!
    SO sorry I’ve not been back in touch sooner… It’s been a bit of a mad time lately. I’ve been desperately trying to finish a rather overdue commission of pictorial maps of a local graveyard… Yes, a graveyard! Actually it’s been really interesting! It’s steeped in history but I feel a little “gravestoned out” at the moment! Been trying to get some more work together too for an upcoming exhibition at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
    Anyway, enough of my lame excuses, how are you? I hope you are well and creating more of your lovely paintings!
    I’m really glad you like my sunsets - thank you! I’ve just set up another wee website (one that’s easier to update regularly) so I’ll be putting up some of my new work there. The address is http://www.catrionamaceachen.com
    I used to be on Facebook but I closed my account a few months ago. I’d love to stay in touch though, so please use my personal email address attached.
    Best wishes,
    Catriona X

  4. Catriona MacEachen avatar
    Catriona MacEachen Sep 13, 2011

    Hi Colin!
    SO sorry I’ve not been back in touch sooner… It’s been a bit of a mad time lately. I’ve been desperately trying to finish a rather overdue commission of pictorial maps of a local graveyard… Yes, a graveyard! Actually it’s been really interesting! It’s steeped in history but I feel a little “gravestoned out” at the moment! Been trying to get some more work together too for an upcoming exhibition at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
    Anyway, enough of my lame excuses, how are you? I hope you are well and creating more of your lovely paintings!
    I’m really glad you like my sunsets - thank you! I’ve just set up another wee website (one that’s easier to update regularly) so I’ll be putting up some of my new work there. The address is http://www.catrionamaceachen.com
    I used to be on Facebook but I closed my account a few months ago. I’d love to stay in touch though, so please use my personal email address attached.
    Best wishes,
    Catriona X

  5. Angela Allan avatar
    Angela Allan Oct 17, 2013

    Hi Colin
    Greetings from sunny Lenzie, near Glasgow!
    I found your lovely work whilst searching on ebay. I was actually searching for some original art of planets, stars etc., My youngest son is 21 at the end of November and loves all that stuff. He’s a third year law student with a childs quilt cover with stars and planets on his bed! I love your Astrophotography and I wondered if you would be interested in doing a painting of one of them as a commissioned work? I’m sure Christopher would be doubly thrilled to get this from someone with your background in Astrophysics. If you are interested in doing this could you give me a cost please?
    If you can’t manage just let me know, good luck with all your lovely paintings. Thanks Angela

  6. colin ross jack avatar
    colin ross jack Oct 17, 2013

    hello angela

    thank you for your kind words about my art and astro site. i would be delighted to do an astro painting for your son!

    firstly, there are already 4 astro paintings on my ‘home’ page.. if you don’t like any of these, thats ok, you can suggest another photo from the astro page to paint.

    pricewise,  if the prices are too much i am happy to reduce them. i would reduce the exisitng ones by half, as i have had them for some time. [they are quite large as you can see].

    if you want something different and/or smaller, let me know also and i hope we can agree on a picture and price
    thanks again and best wishes

    colin

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    colin ross jack Nov 4, 2013

    hello angela

    thank you for your kind words about my art and astro site. i would be delighted to do an astro painting for your son!

    firstly, there are already 4 astro paintings on my ‘home’ page.. if you don’t like any of these, thats ok, you can suggest another photo from the astro page to paint.

    pricewise,  if the prices are too much i am happy to reduce them. i would reduce the exisitng ones by half, as i have had them for some time. [they are quite large as you can see].

    if you want something different and/or smaller, let me know also and i hope we can agree on a picture and price
    thanks again and best wishes

    hello angela

    thank you for your kind words about my art and astro site. i would be delighted to do an astro painting for your son!

    firstly, there are already 4 astro paintings on my ‘home’ page.. if you don’t like any of these, thats ok, you can suggest another photo from the astro page to paint.

    pricewise,  if the prices are too much i am happy to reduce them. i would reduce the exisitng ones by half, as i have had them for some time. [they are quite large as you can see].

    if you want something different and/or smaller, let me know also and i hope we can agree on a picture and price
    thanks again and best wishes

    colin